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Tax Guides

In this section, we have put together some long form content guides which I hope will help you understand the UK PAYE Tax System, reduce your tax bill, and get things done on time.

IR35 - A contractors guide for 2018/19


IR35 is a complex piece of legislation used to distinguish between true self-employed contractors and employees. As a contractor, it’s important that you have an awareness and understanding of IR35 to ensure that you’re paying the correct amount of tax and National Insurance. Here’s a definitive introduction to IR35 to help you understand how it works.

Making Tax Digital for Landlords


There's every chance that you are not yet aware of Making Tax Digital (MTD). However, if you are a landlord with rental income - (that's income, not profit) – greater than £10,000 annually then you should be. MTD is the biggest shake up to the UK tax system since the advent of Self-Assessment in the 1990s. And it affects you, from April 2020 at least.

Contractors - LTD Company v Umbrella?


What are the benefits for contractors of setting up a Limited Company vs Umbrella Company? Read our guide, see how much you could take home in each setup.

Capital Gains Tax on Rental Property (Buy-to-let) 2018


Whether it's primary residence relief, letting relief, or even the costs of improvement works, our resident landlord and property tax editor, Iain King has the information you need to reduce your CGT liability.

14 Reasons why you may be due a tax refund


Almost 1 in 3 PAYE employees may have paid too much tax. We have put together a list of 14 reasons why you might be owed money by HMRC.

Avoid paying too much tax on rental income


Our resident landlord tax expert, Iain Rankin, has put together a great guide on how to reduce the amount of tax paid on income from your rental property

Buy-to-let Landlords - Most Common Tax Mistakes


Many new or aspiring landlords will often read, with alarm, about a campaign or some form of crackdown by HMRC on buy-to-let landlords, accompanied by warnings that landlords could potentially face tax bills of “thousands of pounds” plus interest, surcharges and penalties. What is it though that HMRC are actually looking for? Here’s an overview of the main categories of mistakes.

Landlord Tax Guide


In our detailed Landlord Tax Guide, our experts tell you what you can claim in expenses and a comprehensive insight into HMRC tax rules

End of Tax Year planning - Use your Allowances to reduce your tax bill.


Last minute Tax Planning. Our guide to what annual allowances you have and how to use them to reduce your tax bill.

Self Assessment - Expenses for Self Employed


Tips on what business expenses you can claim when self employed.

Self Assessment Guide by Listentotaxman


Our guide to making your online self assessment return with tips on reducing you tax bill and avoiding fines.

10 personal finance tips freelancers & contractors need to know


Organised properly, freelancing/contracting can be the most rewarding way to make a living. Skilful tax planning can transform your finances - and with 15% of the workforce self-employed, financial services providers are at last offering the support contractors and freelancers need.